2016 Domaine de Piaugier (1.5L)

Grenache from Gigondas, Rhône, France

B-21 Top Recommendation
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Readers of these pages as well as those who've followed my Rhone offers over the years are keenly aware of my unabashed affection for what I consider the most important wines of this appellation. "Important" – using my parameters – doesn't mean "most expensive," nor does it necessarily have to do with 100% new French oak barrels. In fact, when it comes to expressing the classic character of this zone – tell-tale Provençal spice, notes of garrigue, wind-swept terroir and buckets of blackberry fruit – "important" producers are rarely expensive and tend to avoid barriques. This is a serious Rhone bargain.


A blend of 65% Grenache, 20% Mourvèdre and 15% Syrah, all aged in foudre, Piaugier's 2016 Gigondas is a top-flight offering. Boasting explosive aromas of flowering garrigue and black cherries, this is full-bodied, creamy-supple in texture and easy to drink, but concentrated nonetheless. It really shines on the velvety finish, adding complex notes of dried spices and earth. This is one estate that's recently raised its game.

94 points, Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (Issue # 238 - Aug 2018)

Warming notes of cedar and spice mingle into juicy blackberries and plum in this potent, penetrating wine originating from the sun-drenched plateau of Gigondas. A bold proportion of Mourvèdre accentuates its deep, concentrated character, but sunny acidity and a clean mineral backbone lend balance. Approachable already but should improve through 2026 and hold further.

93 points, Anna Lee C. Iijima, Wine Enthusiast (Dec 2018)

Alcohol By Volume: 14.5%

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